Overnight freezes expected beginning Wednesday


Waterproof boots help keep feet warm and dry from the rain on Monday afternoon. (Tom Gaard/Correspondent)

The Gainesville Sun
Published: Monday, January 10, 2011 at 7:19 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 10, 2011 at 7:19 p.m.

The rainy weather that forced more than half the Gainesville Regional Airport flights to be canceled on Monday was the front edge of a weather system that will bring another round of overnight freezes to the area.

Facts

National Weather Service forecast for Gainesville

Tuesday: Patchy fog before 8 am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 59. Wind chill values as low as 38 early. North wind between 3 and 8 mph.
Tuesday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 32. Wind chill values as low as 25. Northwest wind between 6 and 13 mph.
Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 52. North wind between 9 and 13 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph.
Wednesday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 27.
Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 51.
Thursday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 28.
Friday: Sunny, with a high near 55.
Friday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 29.
Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 62.
Saturday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 34.
Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 65.

Delta Air Lines flights to and from Gainesville were canceled because hundreds of Delta’s flights to and from Atlanta were canceled due to the severe winter storm that left several states covered in ice and snow. The result was that Gainesville’s seven inbound and seven outbound Delta flights through Atlanta were canceled Monday, according to Gainesville airport spokeswoman Laura Aguiar. She said Delta plans to resume its regularly scheduled service today. The other carriers serving Gainesville — U.S. Air and American Eagle — were minimally affected.

The stormy weather moved out over the Atlantic Ocean, leaving behind much colder air. According to the National Weather Service, the wind chill tonight and Wednesday morning could be as low as 25 due to the cold weather and north winds of 5 to 10 miles an hour across North Florida.

Overnight on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, meteorologists are forecasting lows in the mid to upper 20s in Gainesville, Ocala and most of the rest of the region. Hard freeze conditions are expected for the next several nights.

Warmer weather is expected to move back into the region by the weekend, with the overnight low on Saturday forecast to be above freezing.

Today marks the first anniversary of the highest utility usage during the winter in Gainesville Regional Utilities history, a record that isn’t predicted to be broken during this cold snap, said Kim Jamerson, a utility spokeswoman.

At about 7 a.m. on Jan. 11, 2010, utility customers were using 464 megawatts of electricity. The peek this winter came on Dec. 14, when 400 megawatts were in use.

Jamerson said the difference is due to the inconsistent cold this year compared with a string of sub-freezing nights.

Still, she said customers might have seen their bills go up compared with last year — it’s all about individual behavior.

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